NASA 30th Anniversary Space Telescope
NASA is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with a stunning “Cosmic Reef” image, which depicts a firestorm of starbirth in a neighboring galaxy. What you see here is a giant red nebula (NGC 2014) and its smaller blue neighbor (NGC 2020) are part of a vast star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, located 163,000 light-years away. Read more for a video and additional information.



Exactly thirty years ago, on April 24, 1990, Hubble was transported from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard the space shuttle Discovery, along with a five-astronaut crew. It was then sent into Earth orbit a day later, opening a new eye onto the cosmos that has been transformative for our civilization. The space telescope made astronomy relevant, engaging and accessible for people of all ages.

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Hubble has given us stunning insights about the universe, from nearby planets to the farthest galaxies we have seen so far. It was revolutionary to launch such a large telescope 30 years ago, and this astronomy powerhouse is still delivering revolutionary science today. Its spectacular images have captured the imagination for decades, and will continue to inspire humanity for years to come,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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